Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Linda Ghys

Dr Linda Ghys

Dr Linda Ghys is a Lecturer in Indigenous Education. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Studies), a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours), a Graduate Certificate in Education - Specialisation (University Teaching) and a PhD in Communication Studies for which she was the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarship. Her heritage includes Dutch, Belgian, English and Rom ('Gypsy') ancestry.

Linda began her academic teaching career in 2005 with the David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research, a School within the University of South Australia, as well as working with Indigenous students through the ITAS program.  She also coordinated and taught several subjects to students studying with the SAIBT (South Australian Institute of Business and Technology). 

Linda has been working with the School of Indigenous Australian Studies since 2012 and in 2015, alongside her colleagues, was awarded a Team Teaching Excellence Award, by the Faculty of Education, CSU.

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  • Adult Education
  • Communication and Culture
  • Whiteness and Identity
  • Media/journalism education
  • Multicultural societies
  • 'Race' and racism

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My doctoral thesis argued that Pacific young men are mythologised as gang members within the spaces of the Australian newsprint media. The thesis adopted Henri Lefebvre's conceptual triad to guide the examination and analysis of the mythologisation of young men with dark bodies more broadly, and Pacific young men in particular, in newsprint media spaces. By drawing on the conceptual triad as a method of analysing newsprint media as a space, existing ideas about what it means to question representations of young people, and especially young men with dark bodies, were re-framed as spatial.

I continue to work individually as well as collaboratively with my colleagues in the School of Indigenous Australian Studies on a variety of research topics including spatial othering; teacher presence in online/distance education and exploring the use of social media as a teaching tool.

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  • Golden Key International Honour Society (Lifetime Membership) 2001 to Current
  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia 2016 - current
  • Cultural Studies Association of Australia 2016 to current

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Research Publications

  • Ghys, L. and Gray, S (2012), Location Matters: overcoming the barriers to education for Indigenous students in rural and remote Australia, ICERI2012: 5th Proceedings. CD: ICERI 2012, p. 2099-2106 8 p.
  • Ghys, L.C. (2007) Just journalism or just journalism: practising safe text. Online Proceedings of 'Sustaining Culture' (2008) Annual Conference of the Cultural Studies Association of Australia (CSAA) University of South Australia, Adelaide December 6-8, 2007. 

Unpublished Thesis

  • Ghys, L.C. (2017), Spatial stories: mythologising Pacific young men in Australia's print media, unpublished thesis.
  • Ghys, L.C. (2006), It's all there in black and white: representation of ATSIC in the South Australian print media, unpublished thesis.

Conference Presentations

  • Ghys, L. C. (2016), The demon Other: Pacific young men as Scapegoats in Australia's newsprint media, Reimagining Australia: Encounter, Recognition, Responsibility. International Australian Studies Association Conference. Curtin University, Fremantle, Western Australia, 7 – 9 December, 2016.
  • Gottschall, K., Biles, B., Ghys, L., Locke, K., Gray, S. & Quin, A. (2015) Teaching and learning Indigenous Australian Studies online: 'The subject being held online was destructive to my learning', Engaging Indigenous Knowledge's, Pedagogies and Curriculum. South Australia: University of South Australia, p. 1-1 1 p.
  • Ghys, L.C. & Gray, S. (2012), Location Matters: overcoming the barriers to education for Indigenous students in rural and remote Australia. International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Madrid, Spain, 19-21 November 2012. (also presented at the CSU Faculty of Education Research and Graduate Studies Forum in August 2012).
  • Ghys, L.C. (2011), Tell me a story: the mythologising of Pasifika youth in contemporary Australian print media, Tonga - Yesterday,Today and Tomorrow, Tonga Research Association (TRA)14th International Conference, Tongan National Cultural Centre, Tofoa, Tongatapu, 13 - 16 July, 2011.
  • Ghys, L.C. and Steen, Dr. T. (2009), Media representation of Pacific Islander youth by Others: A space for continual (mis)construction of individual and diaspora identities, Siu` Alaimoana: Voyaging through the oceans of Tongan theories and practices, Tonga Research Association (TRA), University of California, Berkeley, USA, 3-6 December, 2009.
  • Ghys, L.C. (2007), Trust me - I'm a journalist, Sustaining Culture, Cultural Studies Association of Australia (CSAA) University of South Australia, 6-8 December, 2007.

Book Reviews

  • Ghys, L.C. (2013), First Australians: An Illustrated History, by Rachel Perkins and Marcia Langton. Reviewed in: Australian Historical Studies, 44:1, p.143-144, March, 2013.
  •  Ghys, L.C. (2010), Orphaned by the Colour of My Skin: A Stolen Generation Story, by Mary Terszak. Reviewed in: Journal of Australian Studies, 34:1, pp 118-119, February, 2010.
  • Ghys, L.C. (2009), Forgetting Aborigines, by Chris Healy. Reviewed in: Journal of Australian Studies, 33:3, pp 376-378, September, 2009.

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